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January 28, 2008

Verzio Duplii Review: A closer look at the dual-SIM phone

November last year, Verzio launched two dual-SIM mobile phones in the Philippines. One is the 3G capable Duplii and the other is the stylus touting Twinn. This month, I got to extensibly check out the Verzio Duplii for several weeks and here’s what I think about it.

What’s inside the box? You have the phone, the charger, a USB cable, earphones, a CD installer and 2 batteries. Phones that come with an extra/spare battery gets plus points in my book. The Verzio PC Suite is a simple program you install to manage your phone via the computer or laptop.

Unboxing the Verzio Duplii

Those of you who are used to most Nokia models will find the Duplii quite a familiar design and layout. The keypads are laid out normally in the usual grid layout except for the space key which is placed in the middle right corner — needs getting used to. The T9 Predictive Text feature is also very annoying and I couldn’t find a way to turn it off permanently.

Verzio Duplii

The sockets for the SIM cards are found at the back, just beneath the slot for the battery. The first slot on the left is designated SIM1 and the second slot on the right is SIM2. You can just insert a single SIM module for it to work but if you placed 2, you will still have the option to activated either one or both (online or offline) during boot-up or by pressing the power button halfway. This is a crucial feature for dual-sim phones, IMO. The 2MP camera works just fine but I was wondering if that plastic cover needs to be removed or is really there for protecting the tiny lens.

Dual SIM Cards

The interface is nice and appealing with animated flash-based screen wallpaper to boot. So is the navigation menu — it’s well thought out with some nifty eye-candy but remains simple. You can choose between the standard grid menu or the slide menu style. In the Settings, you can also choose which SIM you want as the primary number and will serve the the number used when calling out. When sending SMS though, you will always be prompted to select which SIM to use every time you select “Send”.

Duplii UI Interface

Though this model is 3G capable, I had a hard time configuring it with either Smart or Globe. My guess is that the telcos don’t have the settings ready OTA and you may need to bring the unit to one of their wireless centers. Likewise, the Verzio Snap Dialer that comes with the PC Tools is confusing (or I’m just totally unfamiliar with it) so I didn’t bother hooking the laptop to the phone to dial up to the internet.

It’s hard to determine how much internal memory this has but a quick glance at the settings shows you can squeeze up to 1,000 contacts. An external SD card can extend storage space though. There’s Bluetooth and an active mini USB port (which means you can charge the phone thru it too). There’s no IR port anywhere, just a dedicated volume control and a camera switch.

Despite the shortcomings, the Verzio Duplii achieved its main purpose — an affordable and very functional dual-sim phone that most multiple-phone users will surely like.

Update: Suggested retail price (SRP) for the Duplii is P14,990 while the Twinn is P11,990.

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74 Responses to “Verzio Duplii Review: A closer look at the dual-SIM phone”

  1. thermerchant says:

    Hi i’m selling my verzio phone 1month used no scratch and rarely used. you may want to see my post. thanks. original price is back to 7k for brand new.

    http://www.tipidcp.com/viewitem.php?iid=430774

  2. nujnuj says:

    I have this last Sept 08 nagpabili ako sa wife ko when she came here and it’s working fine here in the US, I have and At&T as my primary sim and Smart OFW on the secondary sim. so far wala pa akong nakitang problem and I am happy kase isang phone lang dala ko and they can text me from my smart PH w/c is piso then magreply nalang ako using my At&t kase kumuha ako ng package nila na 100 international text.

  3. artemis says:

    B/N unit costs P5,190 at Edgeworth SM Fairview…

  4. mr. hot says:

    correct ko lang ung earlier report ko hehe. WALA na palang verzio sa postpaid units ng smart. yun na.

  5. suzanne says:

    I have this verzio phone, I want to know how to change it’s theme, can I download themes on it? how?

  6. renn says:

    paano po ba pag set up sa internet para maka connect ako kahit saan using smart sim card. kc ung kasama ko sa trabaho yung cell ny aay ericson naka konect sya ng internet basta my signel gprs

  7. lala says:

    How much is this phone now?Does it work with sun cellular sim cards?

  8. Top says:

    hey guys, where can i buy the twinn here in pampanga except for makro? and how much will it cost me? thanks =]

  9. USER says:

    dont buy VERZIO products,, coz the service is not good, specially in the laptop,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  10. rasmuz says:

    active ang 2 sim. pwede mo syang gamitin ng sabay. maliban lang sa pagtawag. kelangan lang isa ang pilin mong sagutin. sa txt pwede rin.

  11. lefty21 says:

    Bili na kayo ng Duplii, 5,990 lang dito sa bonifacio highstreet. with 1 year warranty parts and service/also 6 month warranty sa mga accesories

  12. fvk says:

    may i know message storage capacity please? kaya po ba ma-save ang 2000 messages?

  13. SoyProspero says:

    How much is the duplii now and where can i buy it? TIA

  14. leela says:

    can PLDT sim work on verzio duplii?

  15. Sting says:

    Bili ako nyn 100 pcs. taya muna ako lotto.

  16. sShysky says:

    pwede po sya sa pldt… bt i adv. dont buy this fone… madaling masira at sobrang bagal… sangka2tak na pasensya at ingat ang kailangan mo if u really want this unit 2 work 4 u…este u will work for it pla kc sobrang daming adjustment ang kailangan mong gawin…

  17. sheila says:

    HI SIR / MAM, IM VERY INTERESTED W/ THE PHONE.
    and BUYING SOON… pls help me w/ the ff question.

    re: Duplii or Couplii…

    QUESTION muna ff:
    1.yung message ba nito automatically saves sa sent folder?
    2. pwede ba palitan yung ringtones / message tones nito? (using: wav, mp3, etc.?)
    3. pwede ba palitan yung display, screensaver nito? (using: pictures, graphix, etc.?)
    4. sabay ba naka ON yung dual sim nito? (Dual Active / Simultaneously?)
    5. pwede ba ito maka send ng multiple txt message? (20 to 50 msg in 1 sent?)
    6. parang nokia ang ba ang pagka-user friendly nito?

    PLS LET ME KNOW… TY.

  18. amy says:

    magkano napo this year mark down price ng verzio dupli brand new and with warranty?

  19. ydnar says:

    puwede po bang malaman kung pano tanggalin ang security code ng verzio? or san po ba ang service center n nagtatanggal nito? tnx

  20. johnny says:

    Saan po kaya pwede makabili nito ngaun…brand new and how much. TY.

  21. tallbrownman says:

    Greenhills offers brand new units (smart locked)

  22. dragonkatol says:

    magkano na lang po ba ito ngayon? ung bnew?

  23. geo says:

    I have been using verzio duplii for more than 3 years already, and I am very much satisfied. It’s just that the housing looks old already and the keypad’s letters and numbers are almost unreadable (the paint has been wearing-off). Is there a housing available for this unit/version, where can i find it, and how much does it cost?

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